Coach Pia Sundge said on Sunday Brazil should not take any chances at the Women’s World Cup and enjoy playing their best sets if they have any hope of reaching the final.
Brazil may be a South American monster with eight Copa América Feminina titles, but they have yet to win the World Cup, where their best performance was a runner-up finish in 2007.
They started the year with bad luck in Japan, Canada and the United States, but arrived in Australia with wins over Germany and Chile.
“We are really happy with the last two fixtures as we have got a parcel of certainty. “We’ve been able to see each other and we know it’s a little different than it was a year ago,” Sundge told reporters.
“The most important thing is that we don’t take anything for granted and appreciate the game if it’s not too much trouble… If we put together an excellent attack and really strong resistance, we have a chance to play a few games to actually reach the final.
“We are in an unusual group and I think the slogan is ‘juntas’ (together). There is a storehouse of energy within the room and it is contagious. We have some young and experienced players like Marta – this mix will help us win the next game.
Marta could become the first player – man or woman – to score in six World Cup after Canada’s Christine Sinclair was stripped of the honor following her penalty miss against Nigeria.
Sundge said Marta is ‘100%’ after working with the high-performance coach, but he would not confirm whether the 37-year-old veteran, who is playing his final World Cup, will start.
“We are not picking the two best progressives. We are going to select the individuals who will interface with each other.
“Though we have not chosen (who will start). We have one more preparation session.
Panama is making their World Cup appearance a big one and when Sundez was asked if he had seen them play, he said: “We know all about Panama! I see, the associate coach is seeing a parcel of variations.
“We’ve tried to figure out in the last seven to eight games what kind of starting lineup they plan to come up with and how they’re aiming to play… We’re definitely ready, whatever arrangement they play in.”